Sebastian Korda hopes that one day he can achieve the success of his father Petr Korda and he took a step towards that on Tuesday by reaching the quarter-finals of the Miami Open.
Petr, a former singles world number two, and doubles world number ten, won the Australian Open in 1998 and reached the final of the French Open in 1992.
And although his 20-year-old son has a long way to go to reach those heights, Sebastian is only one win away from equaling his father’s best Miami Open result of reaching the semi-finals in 1993.
The American, who is currently ranked 87th, beat world number nine Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in the fourth round of the Masters 1000 event and says he was pleased with his fighting mentality.
“He made it tough,” Korda said of Schwartzman. “In that first set I served super hot, but he didn’t serve that well.
“But then he picked it up and he was just fighting and he was playing some really good tennis after that, and then the third set was just a battle.
“I played an incredible match today. I think mentally I was great out there. I stayed calm. Even when in the tight situations I believed in myself and I went for it.
“I’m super proud of that. Yeah, just a lot of joy inside. All the hard work that I have done with my team is paying off.
“My parents are super big on just baby steps. You can play tennis for so long if you stay healthy for 15-plus years. Especially guys now – they are playing until 40, it’s incredible.
“There is a lot of years ahead of me. Any win is a good win. I’ll always put my head down and keep working, and hopefully one day I could achieve something that my dad achieved.”
Korda will now face an in-form Andrey Rublev in the quarter-final.
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